The Parish of St Dunstan’s and St Jude’s

The parish is part of the Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham - Registered Charity No 234216 (11.1)

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ACTION OVERSEAS


APF Boxes

Collecting for overseas missions


Members of the congregation may request a Red Box in which  they can  put  any spare small change - or larger amounts -to support mission dioceses on their way to self sufficiency. Periodically, a parish promoter will visit to collect the contents. The  funds are transferred to the central account of the Association for the Propagation of the Faith , the APF, and are then sent directly to local bishops according to their needs.


Red Box donations are made regularly in over 200,000 Catholic homes in England and Wales.  


Contact:  Damien Tierney  at the Presbytery , 0121 4441386

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Catholic Agency for Overseas Development


CAFOD is the official Catholic aid agency for England and Wales. In more than 40 countries across the world, it brings hope, compassion and solidarity to poor communities, standing side by side with them to end poverty and injustice. The parish Justice and Peace group gives support to the charity by helping with the twice yearly Family Fast Day collections.  

The CAFOD /Traidcraft products are are usually available on the last Sunday of the month after the 10am Mass in the Social Centre.


Contact: Miriam Wilcher, 179 Alcester Road South, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 6DD

                                             0121 444 3568  or   Email:office@stdstj.org  


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Christian Aid

Christian Aid is an ecumenical international development agency. Some of our parishioners used to work with our local churches in a house to house collection in May. Now we join with them in various fund raising events.

Contact: John van Lierop     Email:office@stdstj.org  


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Traidcraft

Traidcraft was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty.  It combines a trading company with a development charity.  It helps many small communities by buying their products at fairly traded prices and advising them so they can improve their products. This enables them to improve their communities by digging new wells for clean water, sending their children to school, or diversifying their crops so their economy is more sustainable.


The Traidcraft Stall is open after the 10.00 am Mass on the last Sunday of each month in the Conference Room. From  Dec 1 after 10am Mass and the following Sundays up to Christmas, selling Christmas cards and gifts to support people from poor communities around the world.


Palestinian products and homemade preserves (for the Jane Smith Education Fund) also are for sale.


Contact: Miriam Wilcher, 179 Alcester Road South, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 6DD

                                             0121 444 3568  or  Email:office@stdstj.org

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Jane Smith Education Fund


The Fund supports the work of the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk and is helping to provide a clean water supply to St Ursula’s High School, Dhekiajulip in Assam, Northern India. For more details please read Window, No. 80, July 2016, p7


Contact: John van Lierop     Email:office@stdstj.org  


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The Asha Deep Project

Asha Deep is situated in the Diocese of Bijnor in India.  It has several different homes grouped together for children of different needs: a home for the physically disabled, one for the blind, one for those with learning difficulties etc.  There is also a school for them and for mainstream children.  All those who are able are taught a skill so that they will not be a burden to their families.  There is much misunderstanding and prejudice among local people about disabilities.  The Project aims are to reduce this prejudice through education and to demonstrate how these children are “differently abled”.   After an appeal by Bishop Gratian an informal group was set up to support the project with regular standing orders, occasional donations and by sponsoring a child.


Contact: Miriam Wilcher, 179 Alcester Road South, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 6DD

                          

                  0121 444 3568  or   Email:office@stdstj.org  


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Latika Roy Foundation

The Foundation, based in India, works with children and adults with disability. We believe when we plan for the most vulnerable, the world works better for everyone. As a Resource Centre for People with Special Needs, providing early intervention, education, training and awareness, we work to empower the most vulnerable to re-create the world so that they are a vital part of it. We challenge injustice and demonstrate what inclusion means.


Contact: Brian Rai     0121 2464896

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Justice and Peace Outreach

 This is an umbrella group for those interested in Justice and Peace issues. In this context, justice is about removing unfairness. True Peace is not possible unless there is Justice.

 Some of our topics come from the Church’s teachings on social justice.  Our interests cover both working within the local community and also in the wider world.

Our members are involved in:

CAFOD,   Fair Trade (Traidcraft),    Pax Christi,      Amnesty,   Israel-Palestine issues (Sabeel Wave of Prayer),    Sanctuary (for destitute asylum seekers), and BIRCH (also for destitute asylum seekers), and  Fireside (a Birmingham charity tackling homelessness and alcohol abuse)

We meet on the 4th Monday of every month in the Conference Room.  Join us for lively discussion and practical action. Dates of meetings are on the Noticeboard. Contact : Miriam Wilcher ,  0121 444 3568        Email: office@stdstj.com

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Sabeel and the Holy Land Group

Each Thursday in Jerusalem at 12.00 noon Christians meet for prayer. They call themselves Sabeel--an Arabic word meaning the Way or a spring of living water. It is a group of all denominations, committed to pray and work for peace with justice in Palestine and Israel. They invite people from all over the world to pray with them using prayers sent out each week via the internet. They call it a Wave of Prayer. The premise is that in their respective time zones people

 around the world will pray together at 12 noon on Thursday in solidarity with Sabeel Jerusalem and with friends of Sabeel worldwide to create a Wave of Prayer.  At St Dunstans we meet over by the confessionals. We remember the special intentions sent to us by Friends of Sabeel UK. This group started after we  went to the Holy Land with Father Chris Fitzpatrick in 2010 and saw the problems the Palestinians were having with the Wall of Separation and the check points. We also are involved in action to raise awareness of the plight of Palestinians. We support the group of Palestinian Christians who produced the Kairos Document to help in their fight against oppression and occupation. The Holy Land Group generally meets on the first Monday of each month at the house of a member. Contact Gill Myall        Email:office@stdstj.org

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Planned Giving and Gift Aid

Gift Aid

If you are a tax payer it is possible to covenant (or “ Gift Aid”) your donation. When this is done, the Government will give the charity the money it collected in tax on the donation. For ordinary tax payers this is an extra 25p for every £1.00 donated. For further information please consult the contact for the charity.


Contact:  Peter Trigg:  email: office@stdstj.org

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Other charity collections

Occasionally representatives from religious orders who work in the Third World are invited to give the homily at the Sunday Masses - and to appeal for help to do their work. (It should be noted that the parish projects and appeals have the advantage that funds go directly to workers active in the field).

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Young Parishioners working overseas

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Other charity collections

Occasionally representatives from religious orders who work in the Third World are invited to give the homily at the Sunday Masses  - and to appeal for help to do their work.  (It might be noted that the parish projects and appeals have the advantage that funds go directly to  workers active in the field).


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GIFT AID

If you are a tax payer it is possible to covenant (or “ Gift Aid”) your donation.  When this is done, the Government will give the charity the money it collected in tax on the donation.  For ordinary tax payers this is an extra 25p for every £1.00 donated.  For further information please consult the contact for the charity.


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